Porta Fidei 3: The Teachings of Christ

What is the Gospel call to faith?

3. We cannot accept that salt should become tasteless or the light be kept hidden (cf. Mt 5:13-16). The people of today can still experience the need to go to the well, like the Samaritan woman, in order to hear Jesus, who invites us to believe in him and to draw upon the source of living water welling up within him (cf. Jn 4:14). We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples (cf. Jn 6:51). Indeed, the teaching of Jesus still resounds in our day with the same power: “Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life” (Jn 6:27). The question posed by his listeners is the same that we ask today: “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” (Jn 6:28). We know Jesus’ reply: “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (Jn 6:29). Belief in Jesus Christ, then, is the way to arrive definitively at salvation.

Jesus teaches that believers must witness to him to the world. We are not an enclosed society, tasteless and silent and hidden from view. Pope Benedict draws out the salvific way as presented very early in John’s Gospel, that we hear the Word, and know God’s grace working in us from a personal encounter with Jesus. After listening and believing, we are offered the sustenance of the Eucharist. Faith is irrevocably intertwined with this sacred meal we celebrate.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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